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 51 
 on: April 08, 2016, 09:53:46 am 
Started by Mago - Last post by Mago
The star of the Mid Antrim 150, exciting newcomer Malachi Mitchell Thomas on board the Cookstown/Burrows Engineering Racing machinery will take to the Orritor circuit for the first time. Malachi will line up alongside Mar-Trains Dan Kneen, NW Racings Derek McGee, B.E.Racings Derek Sheils, MJRs Michael Sweeney, Wilson Craigs runner, popular Czech rider, Michael Dukopil, PRB Racings Rob Barber, the underrated Seamus Elliot.

Cameron Donald, William & Michael Dunlop have shown interest in competing, but at the minute are provisional entries, however, the Cookstown and District MCC are optimistic, that come the end of the month Cameron, William and Michael will adorn the grid.

Breaking from its traditional season opener, the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 will continue with its popular 18 race format.

The local based hire store KDM Hire are back on board again for their Fourth term as Title sponsor for the Cookstown 100, which is Irelands oldest and longest running road race (The Cookstown is the longest running, by four months!, the Cookstown and UGP, Both started in 1922!)

There will be a special guest in attendance on race day; more details will appear in the media before the event.

You can follow updates, rider interviews etc on our website; www.cookstown100.com, Official Cookstown 100 ,http://www.facebook.com/home.php & Twitter. http://www.twitter.com/cookstown100

 52 
 on: April 04, 2016, 06:04:34 pm 
Started by Mago - Last post by Mago
22 years after making his first visit to Portrush, road racing legend John McGuinness is looking forward to this year’s Vauxhall International North West 200.

“I want to come and enjoy the decent whole event but don’t count me out of the results.” he says with a smile.

“Beating Alastair Seeley and some of these young guys might be a bit of an ask for sure but I still feel that I can win at the North West.” the 43 year old says.

The Morecambe man will ride the factory CBR1000RR Honda in both superbike races in May alongside appearances on the Jackson Racing CBR600RR Honda in the Supersport events.

McGuinness’s focus may be firmly on the Isle of Man TT these days, where he is chasing Joey Dunlop’s all-time record of 26 victories. But the Honda star still feels he has the pace to mix it in the cut and thrust of the mass start races at the NW200.

“The North West is part of the fixture and fittings of the road racing year for me and I wouldn’t miss it.” he says.

“It will be my first road race of the season and I am looking forward to being there and mixing it with the best road racers in the world. They will all be there.”

“I really don’t see any reason why I can’t win.” The six time North West winner says. 

“I finished sixth last year and went home happy. I was only 1.3 seconds off winning the race so I was in touch with everyone.”

McGuinness and teammate Conor Cummins, who will ride alongside his teammate in both the official Honda squad and on the Jackson Racing machines at Portrush, will be competing in the Le Mans 24 race in France this weekend. The duo recently completed test sessions in France and England and McGuinness says he is very happy with the 2016 version of the evergreen Honda superbike.

“It is an evolution of last year’s model and we have a bit more power.” he says. 

“I was faster at Monteblanco than I’ve ever been before and I did 108 laps at Castle Coombe. That isn’t easy on a superbike and I didn’t feel like I’d laid a 1000 blocks!” the former brickie joked.

“The old fire is still there and I am riding better than I have ever ridden before so we will see how it goes but don’t rule me out.”

 53 
 on: April 04, 2016, 06:02:55 pm 
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Jack Corry

Press Officer NW Racing

NW Racing would like to clarify the situation regarding the participation of team rider Derek McGee at the Mid Antrim 150. Derek arrived on the course on Thursday evening carrying a chest infection, and was guided to his parking place in the paddock by the marshal’s.

On Friday Derek proceeded to go out in practice for the Supersport 600, and he took pole position. He also took the 600 out in practice for the Open race, and qualified in 4th place. The reason that the 600 was taken out, as the team physically could not lift the BMW from the paddock to the line.

Following this final practice, Derek’s health was starting to deteriorate, and his breathing was becoming a real struggle, sapping his strength. On Saturday morning this condition became a physical problem, as his legs were also very weak. This, along with the deteriorating condition of the paddock, became a real problem.

Despite the sterling work of a few of the race officials to move Derek to firmer and dryer ground, and relocate him, unfortunately this did not happen, and the team were forced to make a decision at 9.20am. Team Manager Noel Williamson said

“Unfortunately we were forced to make a decision on the grounds of health and safety to withdraw Derek from the meeting, and not participate in the days racing. This was a decision that was not taken likely, and we deeply regret this, for both our sponsors and fans alike. We want to wish the Mid Antrim Club all the best in the future, and we appreciate their help”

Derek Mc Gee “I am sorry that I could not take part in the Mid Antrim 150, and especially after setting pole in the 600 class, I just could not find the strength to race, or to help the lads physically lift the bikes through the muddy paddock to get to the line. I want to also apologise to all my team sponsors and friends who travelled to see me race, but I am looking forward to seeing you all at the Tandragee 100”


 54 
 on: April 04, 2016, 06:01:31 pm 
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ARMOY Motorcycle Road Racing Club has announced that for the second year running, the title sponsor of their 2016 ‘Race of Legends’ will be SGS International.

 

A world leader in the production and management of packaging communications, the company works with numerous global partners including Proctor and Gamble and has its European headquarters in Hull.

 

2016 will be the eighth year for the Armoy Road Races – the youngest national road race in Ireland. With visitor figures increasing each year and with 2015 being the most successful turn out to date, it is set to be another hotly contested event with a quality line up of riders, which usually includes the like of locals and brothers Michael and William Dunlop, as well as some notable riders from the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain. Races take place on Friday 29th July and Saturday 30th July 2016 in legendary Armoy.

 

Bill Kennedy, Clerk of the Course said, “The Club and I are really delighted with the news that SGS International is once again our title sponsor. Brian McGrath and SGS International have been involved with the Club and our road races for the last five years and each year they have given their full support, on many occasions going above and beyond what’s required.

 

“SGS International is a fantastic sponsor appreciating how much effort and work is required to hold an event like this. Brian McGrath is very knowledgeable on all things bikes so he understands what’s needed in every aspect.

 

“In Brian’s case, nothing is ever too much trouble for him. We are truly grateful to him and SGS International for stepping up and supporting us for 2016. It means a lot to us as without sponsors we really could not put on this great national road race.”

 

The Armoy Road Races are one of Northern Ireland’s prime motorsport gatherings, attracting motorcycle riders both locally and internationally, and SGS’s commitment to the Armoy Road Races underlines the popularity and esteem of this annual event.

 

SGS International group managing director for Europe, Brian McGrath, said, “I didn’t hesitate to come back on board and support the Armoy Road Racing Motorcycle Club and the Race of Legends 2016. Having been involved with road racing in one way or another for nearly thirty years and thoroughly enjoyed the Armoy Road Races for the last five years it was a very easy decision. The Armoy Road Races and the Race of Legends epitomises all that is great about this sport.

 

“There is no doubt in my mind that the Armoy Road Races have got bigger and better as each year progresses and without a doubt SGS International will add to and support that growth for 2016. Once again I’ll pray for good weather, good racing and good craic for the Race of Legends.”

 
For more information on Armoy Road Races, visit www.amrrc.com

 55 
 on: April 04, 2016, 06:00:07 pm 
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The North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club Ltd is delighted to launch the 56th Around A Pound Tandragee 100 on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd April 2016.

“The circuit’s in deepest, greenest rural Northern Ireland, with a paddock that’s more gently waving grass and blizzards of blossom than tarmac and caravans…When you ride the circuit, what strikes you is how beautifully it all flows together, each corner feeding into the next one…The circuit really does have everything: tight corners; a long main straight; and fast corners you take in fourth or fifth gear with the throttle wide open…and what you can’t see from a track map is the way the circuit rises and falls the whole time.” (Patrick Walker, Works Racing)

Just a few of the stars you can expect to see at the Tandragee 100 National Road Races on

Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd April 2016 include William Dunlop, Ryan Farquhar, Dan Kneen, Derek McGee, Micko Sweeney, Derek Sheils and rising star Malachi Mitchell-Thomas.

William Dunlop, 2015 Supersport & Superbike Irish National Superbike Champion, National Road Racer of the Year and Winner of Duke Road Race Rankings for 2015, a 30 year old road racer from Ballymoney, has always had a passion for road racing, after all he grew up in a Dunlop household! William will ride CD Racing bikes in the First Open, the Supersport 600 and Senior Open Races. William took 1st in the Supersport 600 Race, 2nd in the First Open and clinched his first Tandragee 100 Senior Open Feature Race win in 2015.

Ryan Farquhar is the most successful national road racer in history, notching up over 200 victories throughout his career, including Man of the Meeting in 2015. The 40-year-old will be riding a Superstock-spec BMW S1000R throughout the season with the International Energy Group (IEG) his title sponsor. He will also once again campaign the SGS KMR ER6 Kawasaki in the Supertwins and a 250 TSR Honda in the 250 GP Race.

Dan Kneen will return to Tandragee for the second time after winning Man of the Meeting in 2014, this time on Mar-Train racing bikes. The Lisburn based outfit are entering their second year as the official Yamaha UK road racing team and will be hoping to continue the momentum they found at the tail end of 2015. Dan is excited the season is finally here and can't wait to get a race under his belt for Mar-Train: “the bikes are mega, a lot of hard work

Anne Forsythe, NAMCC Club Secretary Page 2 of 7

and preparation has gone in and I'm enjoying working with Andy and the boys." The 28 year old Manx man was 4th in the 2014 Tandragee 100 Supertwin Race, 9th in the Supersport Race, 1st in the People’s Race Open Race and 1st in the feature Tandragee 100 Open Race.

Derek McGee the “Mullingar Missile” finished off the 2015 season with three MCI Southern

Centre Championships, 600, Superbike and Supertwin, a Supertwin International win at the Ulster Grand Prix, Irish and Ulster Supertwin Champion, and he was also third in the Irish

Superbike Road Race Championship. The 29-year old will ride a TAS Racing-prepared BMW Superstock machine sponsored by Noel Williamson, who hails from Portglenone but runs a plastering business in Swords near Dublin, where he has lived for the past 20 years.

Ever popular Skerries man Michael ‘Micko’ Sweeney, remains a big hit with the fans both sides of the border. The triple Manx GP winner, Sweeney at Tandragee in 2014 had a 1st place in the Sally McNally’s 250 GP race and a 4th place in Supertwins race.

Cookstown Burrows Engineering teammates Malachi Mitchell-Thomas and Derek

Sheils recently completed their first laps of 2016 on 1000cc machinery at Kirkistown. Senior Manx Grand Prix winner Malachi Mitchell-Thomas (a newcomer to Tandragee) is 20 years old from Bolton in north-west England and is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in road racing.

Derek Sheils, challenged William Dunlop for the Irish National Superbike crown last year, losing the championship by only six points after a string of impressive rides. “I missed the Irish Superbike races at Kells and Tandragee last year and that cost me the title,” said Sheils, who was the 2013 Superbike champion…“I’ll be aiming to win the title in 2016.”

Patrick Walker, John Leigh Pemberton and Mark Parret will also return again this year for the third time on the 500cc Works Racing Nortons – Patrick wrote of his time “It’s hard to describe just how good our Tandragee race weekend was. Driving home afterwards, I felt like a kid who’d just had the biggest weekend of his life.”

Entries also include Davy Morgan, Tommy Henry, Seamus Elliott, Damien Horan, Gareth Keys, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Paul Gartland, Rob Barber, Nigel Moore, Timothy Elwood, Colin Stephenson, Barry Davidson, Paul Robinson, Stephen ‘Cargo’ Car, George Scott, Vic Allen, Ian Pert, Wayne Kirwan, Dennis Booth, Paul Gartland, Robert McCrum, Trevor Stewart, Gavin Brown, Philip Shaw, Sarah Boyes, Yvonne Montgomery, Stephen Morrison, Thomas Maxwell and Jamie O’Brien, Club Members Robert Cairns (and his son Lee Cairns who is a newcomer), Stephen Davison, Gary Hutton and Ian Thompson, Paddy McColgan and many more.

Some of the up and coming stars include Rhys Hardisty from Aborgaveny, and Connor Behan, etc who could perhaps upset some of the regulars. Newcomers include Callum

Laidlaw, Matthew Rees, Paul Williams, Sam Johnson, Darryl Tweed, Martin Lowe, Shaun Wynne, Steven Proctor, Stephen Tobin, Paul Swords, Forest Dunn, Jamie Williams and Rob Livesgy, etc.

The Tandragee 100 Course was, in 2013, voted 4th Best Road Racing Course in the World (only the TT, Macau & UGP came higher) and the word is spreading as much loved Italian rider, Dario Cecconi (who thinks of Tandragee as his ‘home’ circuit) will be joined for the first time this year the ever popular duo Michal Dukuopil and Veronika Hankocyova from Czech Republic who together will provide a truly international flavour to this year’s event.

Anne Forsythe, NAMCC Club Secretary Page 3 of 7

This year’s whopping Tandragee 100 Entry includes approximately 350 entries with competitors hailing from Northern Ireland (69), South of Ireland (39), England, Wales, Scotland & Isle of Man (35) and Europe (3) with over 36 circuit newcomers, this is proof that road racing is still very much alive and kicking in the shallow hills of County Armagh!

As always costs have risen this year however we are delighted to be able to offer a prize fund of over £10,000! All the races this year will be Irish/Ulster Championships Races with the exception of the First Open Race and Forgotten Era which will be non-championship events.

OFFICIAL RACE SPONSORS

The Club warmly welcomes our good friends Gerry and Siobhan Rice of Around A Pound as our continuing overall race sponsors.

Around A Pound - is a family run business formed in 1998. They deal mainly in discount soft goods and are based in Newry with outlets in Banbridge, Newcastle, Lurgan, Armagh and most recently in Warrenpoint. Gerard certainly is an enthusiast and is again supporting Michael Dunlop in the 2016 season. Sincere thanks to Gerard and Siobhan Rice for their continuing support.

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council - have once again contributed substantially to the Race. Our thanks are due to the Godfrey McCartney, Regeneration and Development Committee. Also thanks are due to the Council Staff, particularly the Regeneration & Development Committee; David McKee (Technical Services); Gregg Wilson; Andrew Willson; Sarah McGeary (Marketing) and Cara Toner (Admin) for their on-going assistance.

We would like to take this opportunity to offer thanks to Councillor Darryn Causby, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council for hosting the Press Conference in the Navan Centre. Thank you Lord Mayor Causby.

Tourism NI - have for the second time contributed significantly to the Race. Our thanks to Jemma Snell, Johnathon Carter, Russell Whittaker and Michelle McKenna.

Mahon Garden Centre are for the second year a sponsor of an Ambulance. Mahon Garden Centre was established in 1988 by the Eakins family and is now a leading plant orientated, independent Garden Centre, growing the majority of the stock on their own nursery, ensuring the highest quality possible. Situated in County Armagh it offers a click and collect service to its customers via its website. Robert Eakins is no stranger to the motorcycle racing scene being a long-time sponsor and friend to the talented and very successful Marshal Neill, Woolsey Coulter and in more recent times up and coming short circuit star Mark Murphy.

The Club is indebted to Andrew Woolsey of Woolsey Freight Ltd who provides haulage of the necessary safety bales for the event.

Thanks also to the help of dedicated club members we have been able to put together what promises to be a first class event in 2016.

The other companies and individuals who have helped the Club, in either a financial or material way, to make the Tandragee 100 happen, are also greatly appreciated. In particular we’d like to acknowledge the Officials, First Aid, Marshals and Flag Marshals without who we couldn’t run the event. To these, and many others, the Club owes a great deal of thanks and if we have left anyone out we can only apologise.

Anne Forsythe, NAMCC Club Secretary Page 4 of 7

For up to date information and news please visit our web site: www.tandragee100.co.uk or Facebook or Twitter.

We are also delighted to welcome on board our new Media Partner Omnicoverage. Omnicoverage provides a range of services eg Event Coverage, Filming Services, Feature Video Editing, Digital Photographic Manipulation (Photoshop), Audio Adjustment & Editing,

Website Design & Management, 3D Graphics and Modelling(Autodesk), Facebook Page Management, Photo-shoots, Vinyl Graphic Design & Cutting Services, etc. For more information check out their website www.omnicoverage.com or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/omnicoverageni

This year, for the fourth time, we will be broadcasting the race commentary live – spectators can use their smart phones or a PC to log on to www.radioroadracers.com and keep up to date with the racing.

PARADE LAP

Davy & Ryan Taylor are kindly sponsoring the Parade Lap awards for the second time this year. Regrettably the very active Club Member Davy passed away only weeks after the 2014 Tandragee 100 and is very sadly missed by the Club. Many thanks also to Adrian Craig for co-ordinating the impressive list of entries for the Parade Lap.

RACE 1

The opening race of the day will be the McCrum’s Motorcycles First Open Race – McCrum’s Motorcycles is a family run business formed in February 2013 and expanded into motorcycle transport in Summer 2015. Welcome aboard Wes McCrum - Wes also very much enjoys being part of the community, running weekly Wednesday runs during the bike season, hosting an Annual Bikers & Trikers Charity Run in July and an Annual Charity BBQ in August.

RACE 2

The Junior Support Race for 201-400cc machines is the People’s Race run by the North Armagh Club. The Club are very grateful to the many individuals who contributed to the Sponsorship.

RACE 3

Woolsey Concrete Ltd are the sponsors for the Supersport 600cc Race. This family run business specializes in the manufacturing of Tri-deck sub-flooring systems, cattle slats, pig slats, support beams, etc, for use in commercial and agricultural applications here in Ireland (North and South) and in the United Kingdom. The company has enjoyed continued expansion, this success is mainly due to diversification into new products and the company's dedication to customer relations and their needs. Sincere thanks to Robert, Sandra and RJ.

RACE 4

The Phillip Riddell Memorial Classic Championship Race is sponsored by 21st Century Backcare. Under the banner of The 21st Century Backcare Raymond & Trevor who are sons of the late Dick Knox, long time Club President and motorcycle and motor car racer extraordinaire are again overall sponsors of the Classic Race which is divided into three classes that have been individually sponsored.

Anne Forsythe, NAMCC Club Secretary Page 5 of 7

Up to 250cc Class sponsored by Donald McMorran, proprietor of Millside Engineering who has been a long-time supporter of Tandragee and lives on the course on the Markethill Road. He has 30 years engineering experience making parts for the aircraft industry and has also been known to produce precision parts for some of the riders.

Race for over 250cc – 350cc class is sponsored by R Heatrick Ltd a local building firm who we welcome again.

Race for over 350cc – 1000cc class is sponsored by William McCombe & Son who we welcome as sponsor for the third time in 2016. You will have seen their cab outside tonight.

RACE 5

The 250cc GP Championship sponsored by Sally McNally’s. Sally McNally’s is a member of ‘The Taste of Ulster’ and promote quality, local produce.

The Forgotten Era Race is sponsored by Downshire Coach Travel – who are on board as sponsors for the second time this year. A very big thank you to Mervyn Ingram.

RACE 6

The City Autos Lightweight Race is open to 125cc grand prix machines. City Autos Ltd owned by club member, Ivor Hadden, has rightfully gained a reputation for carrying out work to the highest standard in a friendly manner. As always thank you Ivor.

The 400cc Supersport Race is sponsored by Groucho’s Cafe Bar & Music Lounge the place to be in Richhill. The Club again welcomes proprietor Peter Lyness.

The 450cc singles Race is also incorporated within this race and is in association with Portadown Recycling Ltd. Portadown Recycling offer a variety of facilities including skip hire for domestic use and to the construction industry. Thanks to Wesley Jamison.

RACE 7

Tandragee Supervalu Irish Championship Senior Support Race for 401cc – 750cc machines will be sponsored this year by Tandragee Supervalu. Neville and Philip Woods are well known local businessmen trading as Supervalu on the Portadown Road, Tandragee, on the Dobbin Road, Portadown and in Richhill.

RACE 8

This year Tayto NI Ltd, who are our longest standing sponsor, are the sponsors of the 650cc twins race and we welcome Mr Tayto tonight. We would also wish to take this opportunity to wish Tayto (NI) Ltd a very happy 60th Birthday! Tayto NI Ltd whose products are well known not only the length and breadth of Ireland but all over the world, will again have Mr Tayto and their mobile unit at the event. Thanks again to Stephen Hutchinson and his marketing manager Bob Brown.

RACE 9

Around A Pound Tandragee 100 Senior Open Race, the final race of the day which is sponsored by our overall sponsor and this race will have prize money of over £2000. The winner will collect £1,000.

Anne Forsythe, NAMCC Club Secretary Page 6 of 7

Doc John’s Rise, Club Charity for 2016 & #one4hinds Campaign

Dr John Hinds and his close friend, mentor and colleague Dr Fred MacSorley, are renowned as the ‘Flying Doctors’…astride their motorbikes,

 56 
 on: April 03, 2016, 08:47:55 am 
Started by Mago - Last post by Mago
Two-Stroke & Moto 3 (125GP)
http://www.elaps-timing.com/results2016/midantrim2016/midantrim2016_2stroke.pdf

250GP & Lightweight (400/450)
http://www.elaps-timing.com/results2016/midantrim2016/midantrim2016_lwt.pdf

Supertwin
http://www.elaps-timing.com/results2016/midantrim2016/midantrim2016_supertwin.pdf

Supersport
http://www.elaps-timing.com/results2016/midantrim2016/midantrim2016_supersport.pdf

Superbike
http://www.elaps-timing.com/results2016/midantrim2016/midantrim2016_superbike.pdf

Junior Support
http://www.elaps-timing.com/results2016/midantrim2016/midantrim2016_supportjunior.pdf

Senior Support
http://www.elaps-timing.com/results2016/midantrim2016/midantrim2016_supportsenior.pdf

Junior Classic
http://www.elaps-timing.com/results2016/midantrim2016/midantrim2016_juniorclassic.pdf

Senior Classic
http://www.elaps-timing.com/results2016/midantrim2016/midantrim2016_seniorclassic.pdf

 57 
 on: April 02, 2016, 02:10:45 pm 
Started by Mago - Last post by shuffler
Any word from Mid Antrim ?

 58 
 on: March 29, 2016, 12:30:10 pm 
Started by Mago - Last post by Mago
Sidecar Race Winner Eddy Wright returns to the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races to
defend his Camathias Cup title he secured last year, however once again he will be up against
2014 winner, Manxman Wally Saunders, who like the veteran Yorkshireman wants to be first to
receive the chequered flag in this prestigious classic sidecar race.

The ‘duelling pair’ won’t have it all their own way with the ‘crème de la crème’ of the Classic
Sidecar men lining up on the grid prior to the race action commencing.

It certainly won’t be for the feint-hearted with the likes of Vince Biggs/ Vicky Cooke; Keith
Walters/Alison de Angelis; Howard Langham/Tim Dixon; Mike Bellaby/Dave Gristwood; Nick
Cutmore/ Nancy Thomas; Stuart Applegate/Dave Mahon and Dick Hawes/ Sebastian Barr
amongst others all wanting to see the chequered flag first.

Stir in the ‘continental flavour’ of Guido & Zita Reichmuth; Richard Pouwels/Kim van Loon; Anja
Braas/Diana Bouman; Kobus Bouman/ Nocilia Klinker and Hendrik Jonker/Kim Dussche and an
‘overseas’ victory could be on the cards!

With a week to go before entries close a total of 27 Sidecar crews have entered for the 2016
Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races which take place on Friday, Saturday and Bank
Holiday Monday 27th, 28th & 30th May.


 59 
 on: March 29, 2016, 12:25:07 pm 
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The fifteenth season of the Duke Road Race Rankings commences in just under a weeks time, not at its usual venue of Oliver's Mount, but in Northern Ireland, at the JDF Mid Antrim 150 National Road Races on Friday and Saturday 1st & 2nd April.

The opening meeting of the road racing season has attracted a top class entry including seven times winner of the Duke Road Race Rankings title Ryan Farquhar who counts the 3.5-mile Clough Course on the outskirts of Ballymena as one of his favourite venues where he has taken the chequered flag on numerous occasions over the years.

The organising Mid Antrim 150 Club has attracted no less than 60 Newcomers for the 12 race event which carries a total prize fund of £18,000.

Retired racer and now team owner, John Burrows who enjoyed many race long battles with Ryan Farquhar, brings his new two-man team of Derek Sheils and Malachi Mitchell-Thomas to Clough for their debut rides of the 2016 road racing season on the Cookstown BE Racing prepared machines.

2016 sees one of the busiest April's in recent years with another three rounds of the Duke Rankings taking place after the Mid Antrim 150, firstly at Oliver's Mount Scarborough for the Bob Smith Spring Cup National Road Races on Saturday and Sunday 16th & 17th April, before returning to Ulster for the Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100 Road Races on Friday and Saturday 22nd & 23rd April, followed seven days later by the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Road Races on 29th & 30th April.

The 2016 Duke Road Race Rankings Championship has a total of 26 rounds, culminating at the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix in November, the previous two seasons the winner has not been confirmed until the final round - will the close rivalry be repeated this year as the season unfolds?

 60 
 on: March 29, 2016, 10:20:55 am 
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The Ulster Grand Prix has announced that they will introduce a new Superpole session for 2016, in a move to make the battle for pole position on the starting grid more exciting for competitors and fans alike.

The fastest 12 riders in the Superbike practice session on Thursday 11th August will return to the grid later that day for a special timed event and jostle for their final qualifying positions on Saturday 13th August, in what is hoped to be a thrilling spectacle.

 

Riders that fail to qualify for Superpole will start the race from 13th position onwards based on their qualifying practice results.

 

Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course at the Ulster Grand Prix said: “I’ve wanted to introduce a Superpole session at the Ulster for a while and now that we’ve reshuffled our practice timings we are able to accommodate it.

 

“The session will consist of one individual warm up lap immediately followed by two individual laps for each of the top 12 Superbike riders, allowing them an opportunity to secure their eventual grid position on a fair basis. It’s an added bonus for the spectators too, as each rider will attempt their fastest lap on a clear track, without obstacles or direct competition.

 

“It’s a format that was used in World Superbikes for many years and something BSB have also introduced for 2016, and it’s always proven extremely popular.

 

“It’s a bit of a shake up for us but I believe it will be extremely well received for the roads, and we’re looking forward to what will surely be an electric qualifier. The thought of watching Michael Dunlop, Ian Hutchinson, hopefully Guy Martin and some of the other big names out on track, on their own, pushing the bikes on a flying lap is a spectacle not to be missed.”

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